Tools and Resources
In 2012, EPA hosted its third season of the ENERGY STAR National Building Competition to see which U.S building could cut its energy use the most. More than 3,000 buildings from all 50 states, two U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia battled the scale and each other. This easy-to-read 27-page report gives details about the competition and shows what steps many of the "biggest energy losers" took to cut their energy use.
In 2014, EPA hosted the ENERGY STAR® National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings, but with a twist. For the first time, teams competed to slim their energy and water “wastelines.” More than 100 teams and 5,500 buildings across the nation competed to become the nation’s biggest loser. Altogether, competitors saved a combined total of more than 2 billion kBtus of energy, more than 250 million gallons of water, and an estimated $50 million on utility bills. And more than 100 buildings demonstrated energy or water use savings of 20 percent or greater.
In 2015, EPA hosted the ENERGY STAR National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings, but with a twist. For the second time, teams competed to slim their energy and water “wastelines.” More than 125 teams and 6,500 buildings across the nation competed to become the nation’s biggest loser. The team that took home the gold for energy savings was the Texas A&M – ESCO Project team, which improved energy efficiency by 35.5 percent and saved an estimated $548,900 over the course of the competition!
If your organization is applying for recognition as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year in the Energy Management category, you’re required to complete and submit this 2-page assessment matrix as part of your application. Learn more about the ENERGY STAR Awards.
Submit your Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR architecture projects to participate in the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Architects. Commercial building design projects that meet EPA's strict energy efficiency criteria are eligible to achieve Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR recognition. You can find more information on the Challenge for Architects—as well as projects that have been submitted so far for this year's Challenge—here.
This 6-page document outlines proposed criteria for a new tenant-based EPA recognition for energy efficiency, and poses specific questions to solicit input from tenants, landlords, and other stakeholders in all commercial building sectors. EPA accepted comments until November 14, 2016. The comment period is now closed. Check the About "Tenant Star" page for updates.
Use this step-by-step guide for detailed instructions on how to apply for Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR. It describes the process, requirements, and documents needed to submit your design project to EPA and receive recognition.
COVID-19 Program Impacts: On March 16, 2020, ENERGY STAR suspended the requirement to submit applications for ENERGY STAR Certification within 120 days of the application Period Ending Date.
Download these step-by-step instructions to make sure that your ENERGY STAR certified building or plant decal goes on the right way, every time. Includes a list of supplies and a link to a 5-minute how-to video.
Browse through these ideas and suggestions for ways to celebrate earning EPA's ENERGY STAR for your building or plant. This document also includes a sample itinerary for an event or ceremony.